Sunday, January 18, 2015

Happy new year!

Well christmas has come and gone since my last post! We had a very relaxing, fun time with family at our house over a few days.
Before Christmas we had our backyard made over. As we had our new entertaining area built over the past 10 months the backyard had been a building site, so the lawn and garden needed a spruce up. I'm loving having my garden back. Here are some progress shots.



The plants ready to go into the garden area.
My planter box was looking a bit sad too, so I cleaned it off and repainted it. It's now holding 4 pots which are growing strawberries, basil, parsley, chives and cherry tomatoes.
Some of my other pots by the backdoor are giving some nice colour.
The photo below is of a Devil's Ivy that I received as a hanging pot back in July for my birthday. The leaves when I got it were just below the pot....look at it now!! It must  love the spot where it sits, very protected.
Nothing real exciting happening in the kitchen, but I did try some Vegeroni Pasta the other night which turned out nice. I cooked the pasta, chopped chicken thighs and browned in the pan, tossed in some finely chopped carrots, onion and celery. Once they were all nicely browned, I added some curry powder, cream and sugar and then the pasta along with some cashews. It was a nice quick meal.



To end with here is a pic of our little grandy Owen, playing his favourite game...hide and seek!





Thursday, November 27, 2014

This and that!

Monday nights is our family dinner night, when the kids come over, so there is the six of us and grandson Owen. Monday night I made a stir fry with loads of veggies, chicken strips which i marinated in a Mongolian sauce and fried rice. I fried the veggies in about six batches for a few minutes each and then did the chicken separately. It was delicious.
Adrian and Chelsea have chooks so I usually have a bag of scraps for them to take home!
Owen is a good little eater....here he is munching on a corn cob
I took a selfie the other week with Owen while we were both munching on an apple...fun!
At foodland this week I noticed a special deal....buy 2 Philadelphia products and receive a springform pan FREE!! Ok,don't mind if I do!! I like to keep Philly cream cheese in the fridge anyway, so I bought 2 packs and received the pan. Very cool.
Once a year we have a weekend away somewhere catching up with our friends from when we used to live in adelaide (which has been over 23 years since we lived there). There are 5 other couples and us, so it's great to get together. This year we chose the barossa and stayed at a motel in tanunda. We wandered around the region Saturday afternoon, visiting a few foodie places and ending up at Maggie Beers which was really nice. Lots of tastings and purchasing was done as well as enjoying a coffee. Here are some pics from there.
Out on the decking at Maggies there is a pond and there were heaps of turtles leisurely swimming around.
I must say thank you to Joolz from www.simplyjoolz.blogspot.com for giving me some tips regarding blogsy. I have been using it to type this post and it's working fine, so hopefully it publishes ok....here goes!
Annette (couldn't work out how to get my signature in there!)







Thursday, November 20, 2014

Our new outdoor area

I started this post last night on my ipad through Blogsy, BUT when I went to add the photos it just wouldn't work properly...aaahhh!!  This had been my second attempt with blogsy but I don't seem to get on real well with it....so this post is coming to you from my normal desktop computer where I spend most of my days!!

Last Christmas we demolished our pergola area in preparation for work to commence on a much larger under cover outdoor space. It took a few months after that (5 in fact!) before the structure finally started.

Once it did start, it was a continual procession of tradies and all was finally competed about 6 weeks ago. Watching all our planning come into fruition has been exciting.  We have been enjoying the space so much, it's great to have an outdoor area again.

Here are a couple of before shots.


And here is what it's like now! Having the blinds make it such a protected area if the weather turns bad or is a bit windy. I LOVE IT!!!

Our son Daniel built the walls and rendered them and also built the outdoor bbq area. I am often found after work hours sitting in a tub chair with my feet up, having a cuppa or cold bevvy, reading, checkout things on my ipad, or chilling with family and friends! 

We will be enjoying Christmas at our place this year with some of my family.

Enjoy your day !





Saturday, October 25, 2014

Our 2 boys are married!

What an exciting month we have had. Firsty on October 4th our youngest son Daniel married Telesha who have a one year old son Owen. They had the wedding and reception at their home, which is set on a 1 acre of land which they have landscaped over the past couple of years and finished just in time for the wedding.

It was a perfect day all round, I'll let the photos do the talking.

They actually had all their official photos taken before the wedding, which was nice, as once the ceremony finished they didn't have to leave their guests.











Let the dancing begin...the fairly lights strung over the yard was really beautiful.


BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE!!!!!

Our eldest son Adrian and his partner of many years announced just to immediate family a few weeks back of their engagement, but they didn't want anyone else to know at this stage. They arranged for the immediate family to go to their house on Sunday just gone (19th) for an intimate engagement lunch. Well, when we turned up, they announced that they were getting married!!
It was really lovely, very casual but just the way they wanted it and it suited them.
So within a few weeks both our sons are married and we couldn't ask for better daughter-in-laws, they are lovely girls, very easy going and family orientated. Here are the photos of Adrian and Chelsea's wedding at their home.








 Owen loved playing on the red carpet (tablecloth!).

Paul with his 2 daughter in laws

So, it's been an exciting and very happy month!


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